Trump hopes to sign a modest police reform order Tuesday

Paola Ditto
Giugno 16, 2020

Three days after an Atlanta police officer's shooting of a man found asleep in his vehicle at a fast food outlet sparked fresh protests, two senior White House aides told reporters Monday that Trump wants to tie existing federal grants for police departments to modernizing their hiring practices and their use-of-force rules.

But Trump administration aides told Politico the executive order to be unveiled Tuesday afternoon comes after discussion with police officers, mayors, faith leaders, conservative African Americans and victims' families.

During the Dallas meeting, the president outlined a four-point plan to address the issue, including increasing access to capital for business owners in minority communities, dealing with racial disparities in health care, implementing an executive order to have police departments meet professional standards on use of force, as well as a pilot program for social workers to be employed in police departments, and a push to have Congress pass a bill on school choice. We're not looking to defund the police. "But we will do better".

U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday he will halve the number of U.S. troops in Germany because Berlin is "delinquent" in contributions to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and treats the United States "badly" on trade.

Officials said the directive asks Attorney General William Barr to help come up with national principles for police training and accreditation, and then submit them to the president to create specific guidance.

The measure stands in contrast to the president's moves since taking office to arm police departments and grant them greater authority.

During a speech that year on Long Island to law enforcement officers, Trump urged them not to protect the heads of suspected gang members when placing them into patrol cars after an arrest. It also served as another "wake-up call" for Europeans to take more responsibility for their own defence, he said. White House officials have been coordinating with South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, the only black Republican senator, who is leading the Republican Party's legislative effort.

A senior administration official said: "The goal of this is to bring police closer together with their communities". He also felt that it was important to increase funding for police departments, rather than defunding them, as many Democrats have proposed.

New York's police commissioner is shifting about 600 police officers from anti-crime to other areas.

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